Opinion

Stop funding the UN

Letters to the Editor

Judy Stahl Valley City Is President Trump’s recent announcement to pull out of the UN Paris Climate Treaty genuine? The UN continues to march toward global government via the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Agenda 2030’s environmental goals of which the Paris Climate ...

Devils Lake could be next!

Letters to the Editor

Amanda Havelange Hunter As most of you know, there is a hog operation proposed near Devils Lake. The detrimental effects this could have on the community are far too horrendous to ignore. There are more than 1,500 members in a Lake Region Concerned Citizens group on Facebook, and hundreds ...

Every veteran has a story to tell

Letters to the Editor

Max Zurcher Minot I admire the foresight, desire and commitment of our veterans who have served our country. Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017, will be celebrated with a ceremony for all the men and women who have served to protect the freedom of those who couldn’t protect ...

How will Heidi vote?

Letters to the Editor

Kelly Armstrong Bismarck President Trump was elected largely on the promise of not being another all-talk, no-action politician. And while the President’s personal approval ratings have taken a bit of a hit because of his outspoken candor, public support for his policy initiatives like ...

We are united – vote yes

Letters to the Editor

Paula Bachmeier Burlington Dear Patrons of Des Lacs-Burlington School District: Fifty-five years ago, our two small, North Dakota rural towns made a decision to support each other with one common goal: a quality education for our students. The United No. 7 School District was born, and ...

Thanks to those who serve us all this Veterans Day

Editorials

Today is a national day of honor for our military veterans. Veterans are the focus, but it is also right to honor and thank the men and women – many of them vets themselves – who year after year make the plans and put in the work to host Veterans Day functions. Locally there are many ...

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What do these mean to you?

Community Columnists

Do you know someone who wore these or who wears them now? They don’t mean the same thing to everybody. To some they are merely the identification of a member of our Armed Forces, while to others they are the life and friendship of a fallen buddy, a “brother in arms” for whom they mourn. ...

Trinity news bodes well for Minot

Editorials

Trinity Health’s success in moving forward on its $275 million complex in southwest Minot is a good sign for the hospital, for Minot residents and for other regional residents. A high-tech, innovative new medical campus speaks for itself. Trinity’s well worn structures are out of date, ...

Re-election decision aside, mayor isn’t done yet

Editorials

It’s an entirely reasonable decision, and a personal one, for Mayor Chuck Barney to opt out of running for another term in his position next year. After all, he has been in public service a long time. It comes with tremendous responsibility in the best case scenario and the past few years ...

This November, reduce your lung cancer risk

Community Columnists

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, but fewer Americans are smoking and lung cancer rates are declining. Still, the disease is the number one cause of cancer death. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and reminds us that we have more to do to prevent lung cancer. About 220,000 ...

Simpler tax simplification

National Columnists

As you read this, President Trump’s tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows. I want two things: 1. Simplification. 2. More money in private hands. Trump offers some of both. His cuts would leave more money in private hands, where it ...

Warranted or not, medical marijuana delay will agitate

Editorials

While some might have been surprised when the use of medical marijuana was approved by North Dakota voters, it was approved – and by a considerable majority. Similarly, the measure was among several voter initiated items that have subsequently prompted some officials around the state to ...

Could it be that both parties are doomed?

National Columnists

For all the obvious reasons, the Republican Party gets most of the attention these days. For starters, it controls the White House, the Senate and the House, and the party in power always warrants more scrutiny, even when it’s operating smoothly. Of course, that’s not happening. The GOP ...

Ignorance versus stupidity

National Columnists

One of the most challenging and important jobs for an economics professor is to teach students how little we know and can possibly know. My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell says, “It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” Nobel ...

Honor veterans this Christmas and holiday season

Editorials

Positive traditions are good anytime of year, whether it’s a personal tradition to fish a certain weekend with a son or daughter or taking a vacation with the entire family to someplace special. Traditions during the Christmas and Thanksgiving season are the best; cherished recipes made ...

How media toasts hurt the GOP establishment

National Columnists

A Morning Consult poll released on Halloween offers a scary result for establishment Republicans. They tested the approval and disapproval ratings of current members of the U.S. Senate. Guess who was in the cellar. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ranked dead last. Guess who came in ...

When disagreement is evil

National Columnists

I am continually struck by a question a friend on Twitter asked on that website. I come back to it every once in a while as news and events go in certain directions. He asked a simple question. He just wanted to know how many political reporters know anyone who owns a pickup truck. It seems ...